Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 14:29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. 30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.
What Is Your Go To?
Do you have a “go to” in any area of life? I think most people do. Even when someone is asked a soft question like “How are you?” or “Whats been going on?”… or a something about the weather we usually choose from a few basic quips in our bag to respond with like:”I’m doing well, how are you?” or “Not much”, “same old same old”. If it’s been windy I usually comment how today I’ve had a bad hair day… (even though I am bald)… LOL. When I ask my brother what he’s been up to… I don’t know how many times… a lot!… he has answered me “about 5 10 1/2”. We have “go to’s” for clothes we wear… where and what we eat… who we seek counsel with… even things like were we go to first on line to get answers for various questions.
The thing is… we also have “go to’s” when we are agitated. Unfortunately our “go to’s” in this area are more like “jump to’s”…
And what jumps out from our text today is that at the first sign of agitation we should not jump to anger... we should not to have a hasty temper but rather quickly jump to a tranquil heart.
You know, there’s a time and place, a reason and a way to be angry in a good context but there are like a million ways to do it wrongly.
The problem is… (being descendants of Adam and Eve); we are all born hard wired with “go to’s” that are contrary to the plans for joy that God has for us.
Yes God does want us to have great joy; and yet we jump to crossness, crankiness and crabbiness… with huffiness, hate and hissy fits filled full of anger.
Our default “jump to’s” used to be things like judging the hearts and intentions of others towards us… As believers it doesn’t have to be that way any more. The Lord is our defense… with a tranquil heart resting in Christ we are to show others his love and how Jesus is good news for their brokenness. Even if our heart gets it right our jumping to make judgments as a way to exalt ourselves makes it all wrong.
Verse 30 says “A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot”.
I suppose we all know the horrible feeling that not forgiving someone brings back on us. That and other evils that go along with relationships like envy and hate… they bring a tightness to the heart… This takes away our zeal for life and is definitely not good for our health. But not everyone knows the sweet peace that comes from resting in Christ… and not everyone knows the ability which he gives us to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Father please keep working on us to remake our default to rest in you and love our neighbor as ourselves. And for those who don’t know how to rest in you or love with that kind of love… please open their eyes to see your son Jesus as the greatest treasure in the Universe over and above anything the world can offer and worth leaving all for. He who lived a perfect life, was paid the wages of our sins with his death on the Cross and on the third day rose from the grave… and all that means for us who believe… us who delight and rest in him as our only hope.
Father I will close with words from your Son Jesus in Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”